GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – BORDER CONTROLS ARE BACK

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Tai Tokerau Border Control met last night to discuss plans to deal with the latest threat to the people of the north – the community case of the more contagious South African coronavirus strain.

“We’ve been in touch with the police, iwi and health authorities, and we intend standing up Checkpoints in key points across the north to protect our old people and everyone else in the north” said Reuben Taipari, TBC Regional Co-oordinator.

“We’re disappointed that government has not already initiated plans to protect kaumātua and kuia in the north and Māori people in general, who comprise some of the most at-risk groups to the latest virulent strain”

“And while we hear that Australia has cancelled free travel from here, we see that our government still keeps our borders open. WTF?”

“This is not an academic exercise for us. Our tangihanga are under review, our kōhanga may be closing, govt depts are moving to protect their staff, iwi are initiating work-from-home strategies, and plans for Waitangi may have to be shelved, but government is doing nothing to protect our most vulnerable whānau” said Nyze Porter, TBC Logistics Co-ordinator.

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TBC Co-ordinators are yet to confirm dates, times, and shifts to set Checkpoints up at key locations, “but we will keep police, iwi and health authorities informed and we look forward to their support to help keep our communities safe.”

Hone Harawira
Tai Tokerau Border Control
Leader of the MANA Movement

34 COMMENTS

  1. Well this does not surprise me our government has allowed this strain to get into our community up North so our people have to be pro active and look after themselves. Listen to our epidemiologists they said to reduce the numbers coming from stricken areas but our government has not listened. Instead they think our MIQ can cope when clearly something failed now we have a worse strain than the ones we had, lets hope it can be
    constrained and lets hope there is no casualties.

    • The Northland case, now recovered, is not a border breach. The government did not allow this strain into the community and you cant stop New Zealanders from coming home, its against the law. The government is advised by medical professionals, scientists including epidemiologists. Well over 100,000 Kiwis have retuned home so far, New Zealand’s elimination strategy, which includes if Cvoid19 pops up in the community to stamp it out quickly is actually working.

    • The Northland case, now recovered, is not a border breach. The government did not allow this strain into the community and you cant stop New Zealanders from coming home, its against the law. The government is advised by medical professionals, scientists including epidemiologists. Well over 100,000 Kiwis have retuned home so far, New Zealand’s elimination strategy, which includes if Cvoid19 pops up in the community to stamp it out quickly is actually working.

  2. “And while we hear that Australia has cancelled free travel from here, we see that our government still keeps our borders open. WTF?”

    well said.

    Someone’s private profit seems more important that protecting people here. We have been lucky, but everyone seems well aware that at any time, we could go into a massive community crisis and our hospital beds are pitiful below many countries including, China, US, UK, Russia, Poland, Italy etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_hospital_beds

    • New Zealand borders are closed except for returning New Zealanders and NZ residents with only some exemptions. It is against internal law to stop New Zealanders from coming home, to do so would render them stateless.

  3. Ka pai Hone.

    Northland and Far North Iwi members really did a great job looking after people with supplies and support in remote areas in the Level 4 Lockdown. Many Pākehā quietly supported TBC roadblocks that turned the city folks back, and were grateful. Hopefully this time around, especially now Matt King and Shane Reti are gone, and there are three Labour MPs, the support will be out in the open!

    Front up all you non Māori and see for your self how well the checkpoints are run, and offer a friendly word.

    • Why Tiger Maountaun?
      Its illegal to have a checkpoint and stop cars and ask questions…illegal. but NZ Police are under orders not to upet the maori.
      Bully boy Hone and his Bully boy mates acting like they own the fucking place….they dont, as much as they think they do!

      • It is not illegal.
        They are acting as NZ citizens and have rights to do so.

        Covid19 is not a racial issue but obviously there are some who would see this community protection as a racial issue obviously.
        It is a racial issue that certain sections of out NZ community suffer more with health problems than the average.
        Protecting community members with a form of group action is commendable.
        Anyone can ask another a question and this initiative is a form of safeguard and sharing of information.
        If you don’t like it then find a better reason than just getting angry because you may not like Hone.

        • It is illegal, Police are the only ones allowed to set up checkpoints. We aren’t in 1970’s Ireland. Any NZ citizen has the right to freedom of movement as directed in section 18 of the Bill of rights act 1990. If I saw a checkpoint manned by anyone other than the police, don’t expect to stop.

          • Well Mark its a matter of interpretation.
            Any citizen can perform duties to protect others and when it comes to laws, can you tell me the law that prevents a citizen talking to others.
            If the police condone a barrier then your diving through that may bring yourself into an area of difficulty particularly is someone was standing behind the barrier or crossing the road at that point.

            The intention and wider picture is what a court would examine. Its illegal when a judge rules it so not when a private citizen makes an opinion on the matter.

            What is lost in joining in with the well intentioned activity to discourage possible spread of covid19 contagion.

            The fact that the police supporting this activity may hint at the possibility of briefing on procedures and that temporary delegation of police authority may be given to some of the attending organisers.

            Making assumption without information is anyone’s prerogative but if you do have information over and above what is in the news then it would be constructive to the discussion to share it.

            • They can ask questions but can’t lawfully make me stop or make me answer them.Just because the police condone it, doesn’t make it lawful. An act of Parliament would need to occur for that to get the case. I’d get around it by saying I felt intimidated and threatened. Don’t block the road and there wont
              ‘t be an issue.

            • Making assumption without information is anyone’s prerogative but if you do have information over and above what is in the news then it would be constructive to the discussion to share it.

              What like assuming that a certain race of people are more susceptible than others to a virus, without offering any scientific fact to substantiate that claim?

              The only ones stoking the fear are fucking politicians and dumbarses like you who keep falling for this shit.
              Sorry I usually try to maintain some decorum, but if you cant post the scientific evidence, then fuck off.

              • Pedro
                “dumbarses”
                What people who can’t see the concern about spreading of contagion and sincere efforts to help filter out some of the public ignorance.
                What scientific evidence do you require Pedro. If its available I would be happy to give it a go in posting it.
                Health statistics covering various areas are often available but personal circumstances and profiles are much more relevant in identifying likely Covid19 outcomes.
                The voluntary group who say they will man the “checkpoints” are not doing this for money or gain but out of concern for parts of their community.
                What is the big deal in opposing this.
                Have you been to a checkpoint yourself.
                Drivers get stopped all over NZ each day for a variety of reasons, and often without police scrutinee.
                A bit of flexibility goes a long way.
                Abusing people is a sign of loosing it.

        • It is illegal. No one apart from the police can lawfully set up a checkpoint. Read section 18 of the bill of rights 1990. Every NZ citizen has the right to freedom of movement. Last I checked, NZ has no borders within the North Island.

          • The republic of Whangamomona had it’s borders closed last weekend. Road blocked and passport fee to be paid.

            • And well supported by the community and visitors including tourists.
              They have done it off and on for years.
              No police attending nor any hint of push back.
              Its called community spirit

              • Mark you are right about not needing a passport but robbery is another matter.
                If you have been to Whangamomona, know a bit about its history and what is trying to be achieved, then you would probably donate happily.as you enter the republic on their special celebratory event, and get the privileges.

  4. I understand the concerns of you, yours and many others.

    Fact of the matter is that there are no guarantees that Aotearoa will ever be protected from the future risk of mutant strains (perhaps much more virulent) reaching our borders and for there to be a massive spread/outbreak that really may never Peter out.

    Perhaps too, the prospect of herd immunity will be the only option for the country in the long run.

    And, Hell it wasn’t long ago that Kiwis were loudly expressing concerns with regard to freedom campers from Europe and Britain dirtying up the place.

    I know of a number of people from the Whitianga and Coromandel region alone who had been expressing for decades just “what animals” many of those tourists were. Now Look at what’s happening, with hardly a single one of them around any longer.

    Perhaps just close the borders for a while (like Japan did) and let’s take our chances simply with the export economy to carry us through, perhaps indefinitely, Sakoku style.

  5. As facts and the science are usually paramount, can you please provide the evidence that kaumātua and kuia in the north are more vulnerable to Covid than,

    tinamatua ma tama matua

    Grandma: Nani (maternal), Dadi (paternal)

    Grandpa: Nana (maternal), Dada (paternal)

    halmeoniwa hal-abeoji

    Grandma: Lola (low-lah)

    Grandpa: Lolo (low-low)

    Grandma: Savta (soft-tah)

    Grandpa: Saba (sah-bah)

    vovô, avô, avozinho

    Kui-fefine mo e Kuleni-kuita

    Ayeeyo iyo ayeeyo

    مادربزرگ و مادربزرگ

    Močiutė ir senelis

    おばあちゃんとおじいちゃん

    Nonna e nonno

    Mamó agus seanathair

    Abuela y abuelo

    בתא וסבא

    Oma und Opa

    Grand-mère et grand-père

    Bubu ka grandad

    Oma en opa

    奶奶和爷爷

    جدة والجد

    Nana and Grandad

    • Well Pedro elderly are more susceptible to serious and dangerous ill health from Covid19. Aging immune system also can give rise to far longer periods of suffering, during which mutations are more likely to occur.
      It is in the nations interest that the elderly are protected and Hone’s friends are prepared to try their best by vetting travelers. Nothing lost but perhaps a few ruffled feathers from unsympathetic travelers who may be small in number.

    • Not only the elderly but anyone with a long term health condition is vulnerable to covid 19 affecting and making their long term health worse and or dieing.

      • Yes Geoff.
        Cancer patience undergoing chemotherapy are particularly vulnerable for a long time beyond the chemo treatment often with some permanent loss of some immunity function.

        Some people who contract covid19 do not get over it in a matter of weeks but suffer for much longer. That is loosely termed Long Covid19 and the effects of that can exacerbate likelihood of a range of permanently damage to lungs, circulatory system and more if they survive.

  6. Respect and Best Wishes to the TBC crews. It is inspiring and encouraging to see people making use of their legal powers constructively, within the official leadership vacuum we find ourselves in.

  7. Section 18-1 of the Bill of Rights 1990 states anyone lawfully in NZ has the right to freedom of movement. NZ has no internal borders. If these clowns ever attempted to stop me, don’t expect me to pull over. The police are the only ones that are lawfully allowed to set up checkpoints.

    • Heh, going by Level 4 last time, you’ll be pulling over all right pal if you want to get a reasonable reception in the Far North!

      Remember, TBC is in consultation with the agencies and Police. If it comes to another Level 3 or 4 think about it–regional checkpoints ultimately support a wide number of New Zealanders.

  8. They can ask questions but can’t lawfully make me stop or make me answer them.Just because the police condone it, doesn’t make it lawful. An act of Parliament would need to occur for that to be the case.

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